Musing About Things: Tips for Attending Bookish Events


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Books and a Beat‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

Ahh bookish events! Who doesn’t love them? Those long lines, the readers (like the only time I’ll ever hear certain book names come up and be like omg did you read and they’ll say omg yes that book ekkk…isn’t it sad no one in my work reads the same genre as I do?), the excitement of queuing up for an hour before the author themselves actually get there. I’m not talking about small local bookshop events because those aren’t really my thing (though of course I wish I could attend the small local bookshop ones because let’s face it LA public transportation kind of sucks). I’m talking about the ones that comes every year ones like the LA Times Festival of Books, YALLWEST, San Diego Comic Con, etc.

So, the past couple of years I’ve been to these events (minus SDCC because those tickets are hard to get, but one day…) I’ve come to realize you need strategies to attend bookish events. Or maybe not. But, after attending the first bookish event you probably realize hey I need a few strategy. So, here are some tips for you…

1. Wear comfortable shoes – I usually have my good ol’ trusty Nike sneakers on because if you wear high heels or sandals to big events like YALLFEST or BEA (not that I’ve attended any of those) your feet will kill you especially if you have to work the next day. Toms is also a good pair of flats, which surprisingly I tried at Anime Expo for two days and my feet still (kind of) liked me by the end of the day.

2. Bring snacks, water, and lunch – Lunch is almost always inconvenient in these types of events, because how can you miss seeing John Green, right?  But if you’re lazy like me, or attending the events by yourself, bring a sandwich and lots of snacks. I don’t know about you but sometimes I get hungry very easily. Nuts, chips, pocky…anything small and portable will do. Also, water bottles can be pricey at these events so it’s just easier to bring a reusable bottle with water to stay hydrate throughout the day. With people being concerned about the environment these days I’m sure you can find a water fountain nearby.

3. Take breaks – You don’t have to attend every author signing that ever was. Go to the ones you really want to see or haven’t seen and then take like15-20 minute break just to recharge.

4. Buy your books at the festivals – The second and third time I went I took my books with me and regret bringing them even though I really want to get the book personalized and stuff. But, it’s almost always easier to buy the books you want to read and get those signed. Plus, you get a free tote bag or swag with your purchase (sometimes) so it’s a win win. Also, keep in mind that book festivals will only have books that the authors will be signing so it’s not as well stocked as a bookstore.

5. Make plans – Or be like me and don’t have a plan and just check the website either religiously or a month before the actual event to see who is there.

BONUS TIP: Don’t be that jerk that cuts in line or the one I have a pet peeve about is a bunch of friends come in because apparently they’re with the person in front of you. One friend is okay, but a bunch is just pushing it.

EXTRA BONUS TIP: Be polite and respectful.

If you go to any book conventions or events (in local bookshops or out of town) do you have any tips you’d like to share? What do you like about attending book events?

Author: Jackie

3 Replies to “Musing About Things: Tips for Attending Bookish Events”

  1. I still haven’t gotten to go to any book events but this will all be helpful when I finally do get to go. I also have a pet peeve about the line thing. That drives me nuts! The same thing happens in amusement parks in the line for rides. Uggh! Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  2. I wish we had big book events near my house. It tends to just be one author or sometimes a couple at a local bookstore or library. These are all great tips!

  3. These are great tips that you shared hun. I haven’t had the opportunity to go to any bookish events except for the local author signings. But I have been wanting to go to the bigger ones. So I will keep these tips in mind. I love the idea of interacting with other readers that read the same stuff I do. Its why I run a blog, it gives me that on some level.

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